POLL: Pew Poll Finds 58% Oppose Donald Trump’s Plan to Expand the Border Wall


Tuesday, January 15, marked the 25th day of the government shutdown created by President Donald Trump over his border wall. Trump told Democrats before the shutdown he would be “proud” to do it and would take full responsibility, however he failed to keep that vow.

But while Trump tries to shift blame to Democrats over his decision, a Pew Research Center poll shows his efforts ineffective on both garnering support for his wall and shifting blame.

58 percent of United States voters oppose Trump’s wall, 40 percent favor it and 2 percent had no opinion. And most voters support the Democratic strategy of reopening most of the government separate from Trump’s wall fight.

The President’s refusal to sign fiscal year 2019 funding appropriations approved by the Republican controlled Senate and House of Representatives from October 1, 2017—when fiscal year 2018 began—to January 3, 2019 when control of the House shifted to Democrats lead to the partial shutdown.

The federal fiscal year runs from October 1 to September 30. Approval for the subsequent years budget can be done at any time after the beginning of a new fiscal year. The Republican controlled Congress and the President had twelve months to approve fiscal year 2019 budgets for every government department, but failed to do so and now Trump refuses to approve funding to keep the full federal government open until he gets what he wants.

The President sees his partial shutdown of the federal government—furloughing workers while others are tasked with working without pay—as a way to force Democrats to give him what his own party would not. Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and former GOP Speaker of the House failed to give Trump the billions of dollars he wants for his campaign promised border wall since January of 2016 when he took office and the GOP controlled both houses of Congress.

However the President repeatedly ignores those facts when speaking of his border wall and his shutdown ultimatum directed solely at Democrats. Tuesday morning Trump took to Twitter once again to blame his shutdown on Democrats despite his statement earlier that he would be “proud” to shut down the government and would own it.

Trump stated:

“Polls are now showing that people are beginning to understand the Humanitarian Crisis and Crime at the Border. Numbers are going up fast, over 50%. Democrats will soon be known as the Party of Crime. Ridiculous that they don’t want Border Security!”

But Trump ignored several key factors in the Quinnipiac poll he was quoting. While voters in the United States are concerned about immigration and what is happening at the southern border, that does not translate to support for the President or his border wall.

Pew Research Center conducted a more specifically worded poll and released the results Wednesday. The findings are unlikely to make President Trump’s Twitter feed.

Not only do the majority of voters oppose Trump’s wall, those that do oppose it find concessions on funding for it to reopen the government unacceptable.

Almost 90 percent of those opposed to the wall also reject any funding concessions.

That leaves over half of all voters, 51 percent, still opposed to both the wall and concessions while only Trump’s most fervent supporters, just 29 percent, support Trump’s wall and his shutdown until he gets the billions of dollars he wants.

Pew also found a drastic difference in support between Democrats and Republicans. Voters who identify as Democrats outnumber Republicans, but neither party holds a majority as more and more voters identify as independent.

And a previous Pew Research Center poll showed the least support for Trump’s wall among those actually living along the southern border.

This coincides with the one Republican member of the House that represents a district along the southern border—GOP Representative Will Hurd of Texas whose district covers over a third of the border with Mexico—who called Trump’s wall the “most expensive and least effective” way to inhibit illegal entry into the United States and drug and human trafficking.

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